Archive for April, 2017

  • ‘Usually they’re just fun & whimsical’: The art (and gallery) of Sean Goté

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon A stoic Easter Island idol, a mesmerizing wind turner, a classic Greek statue — there’s something everywhere at Sean Goté Gallery. And that’s just the outside. Inside, the doors to the building on 702 W. Gurley St. yield to a cavernous room filled with more treasures. Here a life-size lion. There a bust of Dante. And then there are the paintings. From realistic ravens to imaginative mountains to … is that Sideshow Bob/Mayor Terwilliger?! Sean Goté Gallery hasn’t been in Prescott that long, but its eclectic, stylized art and décor is already making an impression. Owner and resident artist Sean Hart discusses how he and his wife, Dolores, came to Prescott and reflects on painting, commerce, and community. … Sean Goté Gallery seems to have just materialized out of nowhere. How long has it been here and where were you before this? We actually purchased the building in September two years ago. We’ve been here for a year and a half and officially opened in November of last year. We had a gallery-slash-bar-slash-restaurant in Laramie, Wyoming for 20 years prior to this. I’m Wyoming born-and-bred from a little town of 1,800 people in Big Horn County called Greybull. Dolores, my wife, is from Texas. Why move to Prescott? And why this building? After 20 years of Laramie winters my wife said we were no longer doing winters

  • Glass-eyed: A consideration of art, science, & optics

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Alan Dean Foster's Perceivings1 CommentRead More »

    By Alan Dean Foster “I am large, I contain multitudes.” It’s safe to say that Walt Whitman wasn’t thinking of fun house mirrors when he composed that line, but it fits what has always been a historically popular combination of physics and art. The reproduction of self or other objects, ad infinitum, has long been both possible and fascinating. Best of all, it requires a minimum of investment and effort. When I was a kid, there used to be an over-the-water entertainment venue in Santa Monica, California, called Pacific Ocean Park. It had one decent, expensive ride, the Banana Train, to which was appended a host of Coney Island-type games and rides with ocean themes. It was over the water, so I didn’t care if some of it was a little tacky. But besides the classy Banana Train, I distinctly remember the park’s version of fun house mirrors. Along with the usual warped mirrors that made you look fat, or tall, there was an “infinity” room, where you could stand in the center surrounded by mirrors and see yourself reproduced over and over again, until your multitudinous tiny selves vanished like ants, swallowed up by distance and time. It was only simple optics, but it fascinated me. It fascinated Orson Welles, too, who utilized the same fun house mirrors in “The Lady from Shanghai” and, later and more memorably, in

  • News from the Wilds: May 2017

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, News From the WildsNo CommentsRead More »

    By Ty Fitzmorris May is the great turning of spring to summer in the Mogollon Highlands of Arizona. Winter is firmly past, and the seasonal creeks usually run with the very last percolating snowmelt while extraordinary flowers abound. But May is also the beginning of the dry season, as regional climate patterns shift, and the winter storms that had been flung off of large storm systems over the Pacific are replaced by northering warm, wet air masses from the Sea of Cortez. Eventually these air masses will mature into the titanic cumulonimbus and torrential rains of our summer monsoon, but they are fueled by heat, which will not build sufficiently until late June. We are lucky enough to have not one, but two distinct flowering seasons per year — our first great flowering happens this month, while the other great flowering is after the monsoon rains of mid-summer. Interestingly, many of our flowering plant species are unique to one or the other period. This bimodal flowering season is matched by peaks in activity in our animal species, as well. Insect activity follows flowering very closely, as insects either pollinate flowers or disperse the seeds that result from that pollination. The peak in bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian activity follows shortly after insects, as insects constitute much of the diets of these animals. Because of this, the diversity of species and

  • Myth & Mind: Loki’s tricky tongue saves his neck

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Myth & MindNo CommentsRead More »

    By Reva Sherrard There was a time when words had power. Oaths and contracts bound their makers as securely as iron, curses flew truer than arrows, and on the slippery outer edges of words was a subtle magic. In the North, the god Loki wanted gifts for the Æsir, so he sought out the dwarves in their caverns, master smiths who made wondrous things from the Earth’s ores. From the four sons of Ivaldi he commissioned a spear for Odin that would strike whatever the thrower aimed at and always return to his hand; a mighty warship for Freyr that could be folded away so small and light it would fit in your pocket; and living golden hair to replace that which he’d cut from the head of the goddess Sif — another story entirely. When Loki had these treasures he showed them to the dwarf brothers Sindri and Brokkr. They were rivals of Ivaldi’s sons, and their works and hearts were darker. “Toys,” the brothers sneered. “We make things of real power.” “Care for a bet?” asked Loki. “Make your own gifts and let the recipients decide whose work is best. If Ivaldi’s sons win, we keep your gifts for free. If you win, how much gold do you want?” Loki was good at getting gold. “No gold. When we win, we take your head for our price.” It

  • Prescott Peeps: Andrew Johnson-Schmit

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

    What originally brought you to Prescott? It was 20 years ago, 1997, and Angie and I were living in Chicago. We’d just gone through a really bad summer, like people-literally-dying-from-the-heat bad, and it was followed by a really bad winter, like people-literally-dying-from-the-cold bad. It had a biblical, apocalyptic feel to it. One night, I was talking to my brother John, who was going to Prescott College, and that got the process started. Then Christian Smith, who was also in Prescott, urged us to come out and sleep on his couch. My brother, John, helped me score my first job jockeying a video camera at the race track. So, anyway, we left Chicago in a U-Haul and got here with $36 between us. Angie gave me some of that $36 and sent me to Basha’s to get the cheapest lunch meat and the cheapest bread and mustard. That’s what we were going to live on. In my glazed state from the drive, I saw a guy with a handgun on his hip in the store. In Chicago, when you see someone strapped in a grocery store, that means someone’s about to kill a trifling girlfriend or the cashier, so I dove behind the cantaloupe. There was this little old lady, and I was about to warn her when I saw she was strapped with an even larger caliber weapon. That’s when

  • Get Involved: Citizens Water Advocacy Group & United Animal Friends

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Get InvolvedNo CommentsRead More »

    In these features, 5enses highlights individuals and organizations in the community that are making a difference. They were inspired by Alert Reader Aarti Pani and community leaders Sadira DeMarino and John Duncan. Thank you, Aarti, Sadira, and John. Want to nominate a do-gooder or a doing-gooder group? Email tips to 5ensesMag@Gmail.Com with “Do Good” in the subject line. Don’t like who we feature? Do some good deeds or start your own group and tell us about it. Remember, our community is whatever we make it. *****   Get Involved: Citizens Water Advocacy Group Who are you and what do you do? I’m Leslie Hoy, and I’m a board member of the Citizens Water Advocacy Group. I’m also the media coordinator and the membership chair, too. Our mission is to promote a sustainable water future for the Upper Verde River Basin and the Prescott Management Area. We educate the public, encourage citizen action, and advocate for responsible governmental decision making. … You have to start the discussion with the fact that the Upper Verde is threatened by ground water pumping. Scientific studies have shown that over-pumping in the Upper Verde watershed and Big Chino Aquifer will diminish base flow and average flow, which means the Verde River could eventually dry up. We’d like to see the river maintained. It’s so important for the wildlife and vegetation in the area, and we

  • Plant of the Month: Juneberry

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Plant of the MonthNo CommentsRead More »

    By Mara Trushell Spring migrant calls and local breeding birds’ song fill the air this time of year. Birds are only one of many organisms who are responding to spring in a way that can overwhelm our senses, and many are just as enjoyable as their songs. When hiking along scrubby slopes or ridges, woodland stream banks, or canyons, keep out a close eye for Amelanchier utahensis (Utah Serviceberry, Juneberry, Shadbush, or Utah Shadberry). This is when it’s at its formal best. This relatively large but sparsely branching bush is often found hiding under the dappled shade of oaks or ashes or concealed among vibrant yellow New Mexico olive flowers, a beautiful and fragrant hop tree, or delicate clusters of the black cherry flowers. Amelanchier utahensis produces clusters of three to six flowers which transform this bush into a dappled array of fresh vibrant green leaves among white flowers during April and May. The five narrow, widely spread petals don’t overlap and the anthers appear within a crown-like formation. The fragrance it emits has been described as unpleasant, so you can stick to enjoying these flowers visually. Amelanchier utahensis is a common shrub found between 2,000-7,000 feet across the country. The bush is an important resource for wildlife because it provides supple leaves for deer and other browsing ungulates to enjoy throughout the year. In addition, as spring transitions into

  • Bird of the Month: Black-headed Grosbeak

    By Sharon Arnold You think you’re hearing a robin that has had voice training. Following the sound, you discover a stocky, large-billed, black-headed bird with a buffy orange breast and collar and bold white markings on its wings. This male Black-headed Grosbeak sings a richer, throatier song than the American Robin. Females also sing although less frequently and at a lower volume. The call of a Black-headed Grosbeak is a low telltale “eek.” Like males, females have yellow “armpits” in flight. They have buffy eyebrows and light streaking on buffy breasts. Immature birds look like females. Males may take more than a year to reach adult plumage, and consequently, these males are not as attractive to females and are less successful breeders. Black-headed Grosbeaks are neotropical migrants. Early arrivals start returning to their preferred breeding habitat by April. Late arrivals have been spotted in mid-June. Look for these birds in pinyon-oak woodlands and conifer-dominated forests. Deciduous tree-dominated canyons and mountain drainages are also regular nesting habit. Black-headed Grosbeaks frequent feeders during breeding season and are fond of black oil sunflower seeds and fruit. Early nest building and breeding has been observed in April. However, the peak breeding season for Black-headed Grosbeaks is mid-June through mid-July. Nests are flimsy, cup-shaped structures made of twigs, rootlets, flower heads, and forb stems constructed primarily by the female in tree forks and shrubs.

  • Vegetable of the Month: Rhubarb

    By Kathleen Yetman Rhubarb, Rheum rhabarbarum, is a perennial plant grown for its sweet fleshy stems. The Chinese have used rhubarb medicinally for thousands of years, but it’s only been in the past three to four centuries that it’s been used as a food. The season for rhubarb is generally April through October when stalks are long and abundant. Rhubarb prefers cool to warm weather so here in Yavapai County it begins growing in March and thrives until the heat of summer becomes constant. The plant may begin to produce again once the temperature stays below 90 degrees. Unlike the edible stems, the leaves of rhubarb are toxic and should not be eaten. The roots of the plant can be used to make a dark brown dye, similar to black walnut husks. Once planted, it will produce for eight to a dozen years. Rhubarb reproduces by rhizome, i.e. digging out a small section of a friend or neighbor’s roots and transplanting it will create a whole new plant. It’s important not to harvest any stems the first year after planting to allow the plant to establish a strong root system. Rhubarb contains many valuable vitamins and minerals including potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C. It is an excellent source of fiber and is known for aiding digestion. While rhubarb is technically a vegetable, most recipes use its

  • A table at the place: Senses enriches foodie life in Prescott

    Apr 28, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Chef John Panza and Pastry Chef Cassandra Hankison, the team behind Senses. Visit Senses online via Facebook or SquareUp.Com/Store/Senses. Reach out by emailing SensesLLCInfo@Gmail.Com or texting SENSES to 22828.] What is it that Senses is and does? Panza: There’s three parts to what we do. We do popup dinners in and around Prescott, restaurant takeovers, and in-home dining experiences. The popup dinners are probably the most unique event we do. You purchase tickets to the meal without knowing where it is or what you’ll be eating. Twenty-four hours in advance, we disclose the location and the menu and let you know if it’s BYOB and things like that. When you arrive at the event, it’s up to 30 people all seated family style at a big table. It’s dinner and a show — I’m out in front and talk about the meal and there’ll be Q-and-As. It’s very intimate and very interactive. Some of the places we’ve done that have been the Groom Creek Schoolhouse and Studio 12, which is a photo studio, and the Thumb Butte Ramada in the Prescott National Forest. For the restaurant takeovers, you know a little bit more about it, specifically where it’s at. We work with small businesses and adopt our menu and meal to them. It’s not

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